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Gas Safety in Healthcare Sterile Processing: A Guide to Gas Detection in 2024

We recently hosted an informative webinar on gas safety in healthcare sterile processing, featuring special guest George Meade, president and owner of MedBrokers. This session was specifically tailored for sterile processing professionals and provided essential insights to enhance facility safety and compliance.

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In this webinar, we covered:

– Case Study Analysis: Real-world examples where gas detection systems played a critical role in ensuring safety.

– Exposure Risks: Detailed understanding of specific gas hazards and their effects in sterile environments.

– Regulatory Compliance: Updates on the latest OSHA standards to help ensure your facility remains compliant.

– Advanced Detection Technologies: Exploration of top solutions in gas detection to protect your team and operations.

If you missed the live event, now is your chance to catch up on these valuable insights. Watch the full webinar to improve your knowledge of gas safety in healthcare!

 

Full transcript

all right everyone hopefully everyone’s
been able to connect with us and and join us this morning here in the Pacific Northwest again my name is Will Balon
and I’m a sales engineer for inter skan Corporation and today our webinar topic is going to be on toxic gas detection
and health sterilization applications U just a a brief
introduction to inter scan inter scan provides easy to use Easy to own specialized gas detection instruments
with emphasis on Trace level toxic
gases So within he sterilization we have specific challenges uh with three
different gases that are used first of all we have Ethan oxide uh some of the
disadvantages with uh using uh etto or toxicity of health risk which includes
skin and ey ear ation dizziness respiratory issues and in situations
with of long-term exposure over a period of time uh can lead to uh causing cancer
in some individuals the environmental impact it contributes to pollution and it’s also
highly regulated regulatory challenges uh include the compliance requiring costly
safety measures which we’ll get into uh detail in some situations in the past here soon
next item on our list is hydrogen peroxide uh in terms of hydrogen
peroxide and its uses we have residue concerns uh may lead behind some residues on some equipment and then the
next time would be compatibility uh we have limited suitability with certain materials uh
exposure to hydrogen peroxide can degrade some materials over
time and thirdly we have Regulatory Compliance require specialized equipment due to strict
regulations uh with OSHA and EPA backgrounds here in the US and finally
we have parastic acid uh with parastic acid one of the items that we have to think about is corrosiveness it can’t
corod some materials over time restricting it to use uh with odor and
irritation there’s a strong odor and potential respiratory system and and eye irritation issues and finally we have
regulatory liance items which include rigorous monitoring and control measures for par acid
exposure so we have a special guest today uh his name is George me George is the owner of
Med Brokers and George has very extensive background in in healthc care
sterilization and spent 30 plus years in the industry and George I’m going to let
you take it away very very good will well thanks thanks for the opportunity to talk to everyone today as will said I
have uh a lot of field experience uh I’m the owner and president of Med Brokers
uh we have 50 plus customers ranging from hospital SBD departments to any
type of Industry you can think of vet Labs Dental Labs Surgery Center Center
Labs um all across the country so uh and we’re actually Global to we do service
some Asian and uh Canadian accounts as well so i’ like to talk to you today
about three specific I could come up with many examples but I came up with three case studies because we’re limited
on time here that just demonstrate how gas detection and the proper approach the gas detection can solve uh solve
real life problems so will if you want to go to the first case
study all I can there it is okay so the the first case study I chose
is a very large supply chain company um and and not that this isn’t a an issue
for hospitals too but any company that’s based on Logistics and supply chain
speed is uh is imperative so how do we make sure our employees are as safe as
possible but yet not slow down packages right or not slow down the delivery of
services so a concern to everyone is especially so in this industry
so um this particular company uh runs very large warehouses and they had the issue where
their employees were reluctant to work with products that were treated with EO so they specializ in medical products so
nearly all of them in vitro and inv Vivo products are treated at the manufacturing site with EO and so the
concern was as these products are being then shipped after a sufficient de
gassing time as they’re being shipped to the to the warehouse is it safe for our
employees then to open the trucks to have the trucks approach the warehouse and to unload those trucks and so the
the company the company’s safety uh Personnel their insurance company their
external customers and their employees all got together with Incan and Med Brokers and decided to figure out the
best way to do this without sacrificing efficiency and it turned out that the missing part was having real time
results so they were able to plug that hole by using inner scan portable EO
monitors and a very strict uh sop again that was shared with everyone so that
meant that if a manufacturer was not letting their product Degas sufficiently
they understood that when that was delivered to this company that truck may be refused so it ensured compliance from
everybody and then the other very important thing about this was the fact that the annual
annually we would have employee education and not only about how to use the meters properly but also about EO uh
and what EO is we all know that you know things that we don’t understand we can
be afraid of and there’s a lot of apprehension especially when there’s signs telling you how deadly EO can be
there’s great reluctance from the employees to want to work in EO departments as you might imagine so
uh the we found that the education and the competency audits were huge in overcoming that obstacle and so the
result of all of this was we have a safer Warehouse environment and this is a global Corporation so safer warehouses
across the globe less uh employee apprehension and reluctance to work with
EO and it did it does not affect their turnaround times so it was a win-win situation where you know gas detection
filled in The Missing Link
so the second case study um is an example of hydrogen
peroxide so the the question or the problem is and I’m sure all of you are dealing with now is so ocean doesn’t
require H2O2 or paa sterilization um to be monitored
right there’s no requirement so why should I or should I consider it um you
know when about the time that plasma sterilization came out was right about
the time when all the EO studies were coming out explaining the um the health
uh dangers of EO so whether I don’t think it was done intentionally but there was a perception that hey this new
plasma stuff is obviously safer than EO because I don’t need to put up placards that say it causes cancer so it it must
be safer right well in essence uh ironically it actually has H2O2 vapor at
the concentrations necessary for plasma sterilization has the same plal
permissible exposure limit as etto it’s 1.0 PPM over eight hours uh and the
other thing if you look at the nios reading uh which is the idlh was it
which stands for immediately dangerous to life and health uh H2O2 is actually 10 times more
dangerous so etto has to get to 800 PPM before it
will kill you uh whereas hydrogen peroxide approaching 75 less than
on10th uh becomes extremely dangerous so the the the question is then okay
well you know why why should I go ahead and do this ahead of the regulations if you think about it we’re kind of with
the plasma sterilization we’re kind of where we were with EO and the 80s right we sort of understood some of the
dangers but they weren’t clearly documented yet they were so they weren’t regulated so not many hospitals uh
decided to move forward with Theo um monitoring back in the day so I have a
particularly large uh Hospital Network in the Northeast that decided very
quickly that they needed to have permanently Mo um mounted uh Incan H2O2
monitors in their H22 uh sterilization Laboratories because Unfortunately they
had an incident where an employee was injured while removing a load from an
H2O2 sterilizer and it created a lot of panic a lot of fear a lot of Ang so just
like with the previous company I talked about the collaborative approach to gas detection is so huge because Incan then
and Med Brokers were able to work with the SPD folks right the industrial hygienists at the hospital Network um um
and we were able to come up again with an sop so a plan of which gas detection is a major part but you still have to
have a plan that utilizes the the advantages of inner scan monitoring that
is real-time results because of active air exchange and then alarm set at a
point that will warn um the SPD workers uh at their most vulnerable time so the
bottom line after all of this was that after this large Health Network decided to implement the inner scan uh monitors
for h202 there’s been no more accidents or reported exposures involving H2O2 uh
sterilization and then as our third study I thought this would be a little fun because this gives you an idea how
the world of gas detection applications is huge right there’s just so many again
I had a hard time picking only three it’s just used in so many ways that most of the public aren’t even aware of one
is um the problem of okay so we now have astronauts or in today’s world it can be
private citizens returning from space right splashing down in the ocean well
that spacecraft um Can emit very toxic levels
of a hydrin right so before those astronauts and the recovery and Landing
crew um can get close to that um what what Nassau does is they send
out a crew in a Gemini boat to go out to the to the spacecraft using um inner
scan portable hydren monitors to U make sure that the hydrogene hydren levels
are are very low and it’s safe uh to proceed with the recovery so again
that’s just the the the world of gas applications is is just amazingly Broad
and and of course this helps eliminate any type of um exposure to hydrazine by
the people then back on the big boat right to eventually do the recovery and the astronauts themselves so those are
uh three of my field examples um and again I know we’re holding questions to
the end but if if any of you would like to reach out to me directly this is my contact information again I’ve been
working with inter scan or I should say Med Brokers has been affiliated with scan since 1996 so we worked very
closely with them and uh would be glad to uh to help you with any of your gas detection needs so with that being said
thanks for the opportunity will and I will uh stand by throughout the rest of the webinar all right thank you very much
George I appreciate it and again just as a quick reminder uh we will have a
question and answer session at the end and George is going to stay on with us and we’ll be able to uh ask uh George
anything so all right so so some of the examples that we have here so we say
risk associated with gases and we have three examples here and we’re going to include links within the uh chat box uh
to the stories on these uh first of all there’s a a company in outside of
Atlanta called stereogenic who just settled a $35 million civil settlement
from 79 Clements uh due to long-term Health exposures and then cancers that
uh they attributed to exposure to long-term methylene oxide releases out
of this facility uh this facility has been there for uh for decades um and
surrounded by neighborhoods and this is a situation that that over time uh many
unique uh cancer clusters were uh found in the area and contributed to exposure
to uh etto from from stereogenic condition
conditions next time was a a sterilized medical device off gas exposure in
warehouses and again we’re going to include a a link to uh that story there
uh in particular uh third example would be 54 PB ethylene oxide release over 8
days at a uh BD sterilization facility in Conor Georgia which is also outside
of Atlanta um in terms of the regulatory uh
fines that’s still to be determined there’s still some some uh litigation
and some court cases going along the way with that uh however very recently there have been a similar situation to
stereogenic and that people living around the facility are starting to put
together civil wall uh against BD and possible exposure to
Ethan oxide over time so the first gas we’ll discuss in
our webinar today is going to be hydrogen peroxide so hydr peroxide has a
permissible exposure limit of 1 PPM over eight hours and immediate danger to life at Health a
subject by PPM as George discussed previously the hydrogen peroxide breaks
down into water and oxygen leaving no harmful residues making it safer for both patients and healthcare workers
compared to ethline oxide which has been found to be carcinogenic over long-term
exposure period of time hydrogen peroxide can be used as sterilizing agent for medical devices and Equipment
particularly those sensitive to heat and moisture and there also you know and
materials that are also prone to corrosion from ethylene oxide exposure
which leads us to the discussion of ethylene oxide ethline oxide permissible
exposure of lemon has a 1 PPM over eight hour period of time and immediate danger to life and health of 800 PPM as George
previously discussed ethline oxide is commonly used to sterilize medical devices and
equipment that are sensitive to heat and moisture similar to hydrogen peroxide and in items such as cical
instruments catheters and syringes it can also be used for sterilization of surgical dressings gowns gloves and
linens helping to prevent the spread of infection due to skin
exposure however brief contact with aine oxide can cause respiratory discomfort headaches nausea vomiting diarrhea
breathing difficulties and discoloration of the skin and studies of proven long-term
exposure has been linked to cancer as we proba discussed in some of our situations previously the health
sterilization facilities and their emissions over a period of
time so but other items and other issues that can come up over that time are
respiratory reproductive issues genetic alterations nervous system damage and
heighten sensitivity to exposure to other environmental factors
and finally we’re going to focus on parastic acid in terms of a permissible
emiss or exposure limit there’s no set limit at at the time it’s there’s the jury’s still out on that there’s still
some discussions going on as to a permissible exposure limit uh immediate
dangered life and health is 0.5 PPM is a proposed limit that’s currently being
reviewed by OSHA Nash EPA Etc parastic acids widely used for heal ization due
to it strong antimicrobial properties and Effectiveness against spetum
microorganism paa sterilization typically requires shorter exposure times compared de to the other
sterilization methods mentioned allowing for faster turnaround the sterilized
items acute exposure to parastic acid can be irritating to eyes respiratory
tract and skin paa is a strong sensory irritant
considered to be more potent than acetic acid or hydrogen peroxide yet is a safer alternative to other
methods the next time here we do briefly discuss ocean environmental regulations
and we’re going to provide a link as well to the uh ocean website that goes into specific uh chemical exposure
limits uh and then also uh EPA uh parameters in terms of specific
chemicals as well so under o regulations specific immediate danger to life in
health and permissible exposure limits are set for toxic gases that are present
in health sterilization applications oce regulations also cover
exposure events and accidents and parameters along the
way as we mentioned previously the EPA is also involved but but uh EPA is the
federal level and then St state and local environmental uh protection
organizations uh have their own regulations uh uses exposure guidelines
from na oan guidelines for health and safety of workers and states such as California here in the United States uh
may have straightener guidelines than Federal and then again EPA guidelines
regulations for emissions especially for greenhouse gases uh methane carbon
dioxide Etc um obviously studies are going on over time with other gases that
could be considered uh greenhouse gas Affiliated or
related
issues so the big question that we have today is what is a medical facility du
to prevent exposures injuries and Fs every toxic gas present in medical
sterilization facility is detectable there are two platform options available for these scenarios
from inter scan our first is our portable gas
detection monitor our gas d8000
series and our second is our acus safe product line for fixed gas
detection so we’ll start out with the little bit of a story about our gas
d8000 portable gas detector as you can see here this is our
portable unit it has an integral sample pump powered by rechargeable lithium ion
batteries giving up to8 hours of continuous Service as you can see on the screen has
a digital read out the concentration along with realtime Graphics play and
integral data logging also built in as an audible and
visual alarm on the back side of the instrument itself there’s actually a terminal strip
that should connect to the analog output for 4 to 20 milliamp and 0 to 2.5
volts this gives the ability for an additional external alarm lights uh
strobes
Etc and the next item that we have here here is our acusa fix gas detector it’s one control unit for up to
10 sensor units soon sensory modules located in remote locations so the
control unit as you can see on the bottom has a display this can be mounted outside of a of a a sterilization area
outside the door uh can be interrogated remotely via web
browser uh desktop app and then API
it includes 8 gig of data storage uh data acquisition is built right into the
the control module itself and the communication is via modbus TCP and rtu
which is actually rx45 and it includes sound and email alarms these settings can be set up to
send a an email alert to a contact set up in their system to let them know that
that there’s an alarm happening and someone needs to go and evaluate
situation so in terms of alarm set points and measurement range criteria uh a lot of
organizations go by OSHA or Nash guidelines in terms of of setting their
criteria for what they want their alarm set points to be others may have an
internal uh environmental health and safety uh criteria that they use uh it’s
really going to be dependent on a case-by Case basis a lot of times internal uh standards may possibly be a
lot stricter than what oir standards are just to be on the on the safe side and be a little more conservative and and
being able to detect U any possible exposure events being able to protect
employees so one of the parameters that we look at there is risk assessment so evalu to potential exposure scenarios
and Associated health risk for each gas the next item as we mentioned
previously Regulatory Compliance understanding permissible exposure limits set by regulations to determine
detection range requirements again those are can be a guidelines for some others
may be a little more strict than that just to add a little more of a conservative buffer and then equipment
specifications being able to select detection devices is capable of measuring concentrations within within
the INTP exposure range that is set and then finally in terms of safety
protocols being able to establish protocols for early detection of gas leaks and prompt corrective actions to
ensure worker safety for example maybe an initial alarm could be just a caution
uh and then a higher level alarm could be set in place for uh this is a this is a full
bone league and and immediate extreme corrective action is
mandated so the question we get for many people is what is like to set up a gas detection system first question that we
have is do we want to go with a portable unit do we want to go with a fixed system uh what does that look like so in
each situation we like to discuss and review application details and requirements for example any internal
set requirements for alarm set points um is this going to be a portable unit
or we going to be be using this in multiple areas uh that maybe aren’t close enough to be able to be connected
uh via the accusation system the fix system where a portable unit may come into play uh for example maybe actually
an outside storage facility for all their gas uh each individual application is
different that’s why we like to discuss those and be able to customize and correctly provide a system Solution
that’s going to fit the requirements for the
customer so it goes into providing the correct detection solutions that meet
the needs and demands of the measurement applications itself other factors include Environmental factors uh
temperature humidity uh
Etc the next item on the list is being able to provide operation and maintenance training and support on our
instruments we have a great customer care team that’s able to provide technical assistance in situations that
may arise in the field uh you’re able to reach out to them anytime
will’ll be able to analyze the situation and be able to walk through uh Solutions in the field uh we’re also able to
provide lot of support as DB depending on the extremity of this
situation another item that we have as we me mentioned previously is both the gasd 8000 and the ACT safe both provide
internal data gas c8000 has a a 32 gig uh SD card slot
be able to log all the data be able to pull that out and interrogate that on
your computer be able to take a look at the data Analyze That in spreadsheet
format U Active safe as you mentioned previously has 8 gig built in it can
also be interrogated uh remotely uh via the web app
from your desktop or laptop another item that we have another
program we have is sensor Express in sensor Express this eliminates the need
to be able to have have the ability to be able to calibrate sensors on site censor Express program basically
provides a new calibrated sensor every three months that’s ready to go you receive it you’re able to plug it right
in and it you’re good to go this eliminates the need to have additional capabilities for having
calibration gases or send sensors back to us uh to have those calibrated which
would obviously take the sensor out of out of the instrument themselves uh and
be able to you not have that exposure over time so it you know it’s definitely a great program for those facilities
that don’t want to have to deal with cow gases and going out to gas suppliers and then having someone that has the know to
be able to calibrate those sensors
internally which actually leads us to the final item that we have here is
quick replacement sensor module as you can see in the photo if you see the black housing up on the top the white uh
module on the right hand side of that housing is actually the censor module itself it’s mounted
externally makes it easy to get to you’re not having to open up the case to go in to replace the sensor the sensor
module itself simply unplugs and then you can take the new sensor module and
plug it right in and you’re ready to
go all right so that concludes the presentation portion of our of our
webinar uh so we definitely would like to uh extend a a Q&A session here uh
George and I both are here and so let’s see here let me
this P out so the first question that we have
here is what kind of support and training comes with the gas detectors all right
so look like uh I I have my assistant uh Susy trit is going to answer this
question
I’ll defer to you will no no worries no worries so again
as I mentioned previously uh we have life technical support here uh in our
facility uh we have our our uh technical support uh team that that is able to
provide initial troubleshooting activities uh be able to give basic
respon resp at first obviously if we have situations where we need a little more in-depth uh discussion we’re able
to provide uh live calls via teams or Zoom where we can evaluate the situation
and be able to provide uh additional support additional troubleshooting and
move forward to the next step if there’s it’s a situation that maybe we need to bring the instrument back in for
evaluation uh and move from there in some situations uh U depending on the
extremity of the situation and if they’re unable to to send the instrument back into to us uh we can look at other
other options as well possibly on side de be yeah i’ I’d like to kick in a little
bit too go right ahead to talk about the the training part as well will so I I
have many customers where we train in from I think it was my first case study
it really is critical um the the training and the competency audits you
know both for you to be able to keep um up with your Regulatory Agencies especially during inspections and also
for the the morale even um of of your folks that work either in SPD or work in
Industry with some of the gases that we’ll talked about today um oftentimes
what we do is we have some customers that I visit every three months to do
calibrations and we actually do training every three months because of high turnover I have other customers uh like
the customer in case study one where we do training either remotely because
remember they’re Global so we either do uh remote training which tends to work really well um or live on site training
every year and then go through a competency and go through an ed approved education um slide deck as well so
that’s that’s also off offered as well with the products and of course to answer this question it really depends
on what you’re buying right so you know if you’re buying a portable like the gas d8000 the
installation uh requirements and the training requirements are a lot different than if you would buy a full-blown ACU safe solution with maybe
five gases and and seven different sensor points so that plays into it as
well no excellent no thanks George definitely a lot of things to take into
consideration here and so one of the next questions we have here is what are common issues faced with gas detection
systems and how can they be resolved and I’ll start out as a general gas
detection applications and George please feel free to chime in in terms of the uh
sterilization specific uh issues that you’ve seen in the field in terms of
common issues face with gas detection systems a lot of times it it can be Environmental
uh for example if there’s other mist or or Vapors or other things that are in
the air uh temperature humidity uh there’s other items that come into play
in terms of gas detection applications overall that can cause possible issues
uh we do for example we uh have an application that we’re working with uh
an extremely harsh environment that has other uh Vapors to miss that are in the the air and being able to work with them
to come up with some uh some Solutions in terms of uh uh filtration issues that
we’re we’re filtering out the other Vapors and Mist uh but we’re still making the proper measurements for the
particular gas that we have yeah and and will that’s that’s
basically the same issue that we have in SPD as well and again I hate to keep beating the drum here but that’s why
it’s so important to have people that are trained properly so that if an alarm does go off they know how to react and
they know the questions to ask themselves because the most common um interfering Vapor of course is alcohol
so if there was cleaning done if there was Vapor done I just had a u uh a
customer in in North Carolina where they do their um monthly generator test and
they had to lubricate the generator and the generator shared the wall with the
etto room and it was a solvent-based lubricant and that got into the etto
room and of course was picked up by the by the Monitor and um so went off in the
middle of the night and because this is a customer where we do training they realized hey we’re not running etto
there must be something else going on they contacted facilities and they F found out that that that work was done
and it set off um that’s what caused the the monitor to go off so and just a note
about that used to be a bigger problem with the Legacy gas sensors the newer cartridge based sensors now although
they they still have interfering uh substances they’re much less vulnerable
to um you know alcohols and ketones as the previous generation sensors
were no absolutely and that’s the key in the initial application discussion that
we have with each customer is we need to be aware of any other uh constituents
other chemicals vapers Etc that are in the environment because depending on the measurement that we’re looking at there
can be other cost interferences as George mentioned um you know these these
can always affect the measurement in one form or another and that’s why it’s important for us to have that initial
conversation up front so we understand uh the environment in which we’re working in so we can uh prop configure
you know the the optimal Solution that’s going to work within that environment and to minimize the you know the issues
down the road yeah and just one La last quote the person asked a question might be wondering why will and I are just
talking about interfering gases and training and things like that and it’s because these monitors really are
extremely reliable I can tell you that I have monitors in the field that were installed in in the early
90s um that are they’re still working well they’re just built to last they’re very solid electronically and
mechanically so there’s not a lot that goes that goes wrong with them from that
standpoint no absolutely yeah and we have other applications that uh that we work with
with inter scan that have been in play as you mentioned since the 90s uh some I’ve seen some uh some come back that
have been you know way back even into the 80s that are still working so you
know it just goes to uh to support you know the the quality of the inner scan
product over time next item here is what is the
battery life of one of these instruments well the gasd 8000 our portable
instrument is actually has a rechargeable battery in there and that said the The Standard Time with that is
roughly an eight hour period in terms of the battery life itself over time in
terms of of how long that battery is going to last with recharging over time
um don’t have that R off the top of my head but I can get that the answer to that specific question and we can
provide the answer to it yeah and that’s a lithium uh lithium battery correct
will the the previous generation nikad uh going back to the previous generation
portable inter scan portable monitors again would last decades so um yeah I
would expect these to be just as rugged if not better
absolutely so the next question we have here is how many rooms areas can be detected with one fixed system and can
you detect different gases with one system so the uh The Sweet Spot is uh
due to the the the size of the display and being able to uh have the uh Bolder
tabs for each sensor module The Sweet Spot is 10 um sensor for communicating
with rs45 we can go up to 256 points but then the actual display face becomes
cluttered over time so we say The Sweet Spot is 10 different modules uh each
module can detect a separate gas so for example if you have let’s just say for
example you had ethylene oxide and hydrogen peroxide in one room you would
have two different sensor modules for this so you’d have one for the each one for the
peroxide and so that that’s two modules right there in that room if you have another room that has the same
configuration that’d be two more modules in that room so uh so to answer your
question each module is set up for an individual specific gas and a range so
if you want to do different gases you can do
that so the next question here is how often the sensors need to be replaced
and the answer to that question is is really it
depends we recommend obviously over our sensor Express program we provide like
said a new calibrated uh sensor every three months that can come into play
there uh if if that’s going to be a requirement on the especially if there’s some regulatory uh parameters or maybe
corporate standards by which they say that you know we want to make sure that these These are calibrated every 3
months 6 months or whatever however depending on the application depending on the gas depending on exposure over
time uh we can go six months a year uh with sensor Replacements it really
depends now what I will always say is if you have an event where you had it a
leak an accident Etc where the sensor was exposed to extremely high levels of
a particular Gap chances are I would definitely recommend replacing that sensor just because uh
when a sensor is hit with a a slug of gas like that um that can affect the the
life and performance of that and degrade that very quickly so in situations like
that I always recommend be on the safe side go ahead and replace the sensor if you’ve had an incident in that situation
uh but in terms of datto day exposure and activities uh 6 months to a year at
least it again depending on da daily exposure uh you know more comfortable
going up to that point and George feel free to chime in
and and you’ve seen some probably seen many other customers there uh out in the
field so no that’s you know and it depends on is it continually used is it
just is it a portable where it’s not used nearly as much uh so there’s a lot of variables that that go into it um but
you know practice is 3 months 6 months in some lower use
applications the other just quick note too about you were talking a little bit about um about the ACU safe that the
really nice thing to the person that ask that question the really nice thing about that system is do you know what
gases you’re going to be monitoring in 10 years or even in five years um you know the things are in such a state of
flux right now it’s a really customizable scalable system so you can
start off okay I want to start off with um ethylene oxide okay but I’m moving
now more into H2O2 and paa you can easily then just add the particular
module right into that acus safe Network very economically and very easily and
the other nice advantage that Incan has over a lot of its competitors is the data logging and the analytics that are
built in so you don’t need a separate program you don’t need separate software it’s all built in to be able to manage
all those separate sensors combine graphs do really anything the amount of
um intricacy and uh and uh flexibility
of data analytics in these these analyzers is really mind-blowing so it’s a nice uh strength
of that product indeed indeed and and George as
you mentioned you know we don’t know what you know what new uh Technologies and and uh uh chemistry is
going to be used in the future you know everybody’s looking to improve on what what currently exists so you know who
knows what we’ll see in the next five years 10 years maybe even you a year or two uh that we’ll see out there so you
know with that we have the ability we have a great engineering team that we work with that we’re always uh taking a
look at at new applications and willing to evaluate uh new uh Technologies along
the way so we uh got a quick question here
so can I wirelessly view data from the instrument via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on the portable instrument we do not have
Bluetooth or Wi-Fi capability in in that uh on the acus safe is not built in
however uh because we do communicate via our s485 if you want to take the output
from the a instrument itself uh you could take that to a a Bluetooth module
or a Wi-Fi module and then monitor that wirelessly uh via that format obviously
that’s a case by case basis and we can have a discussion on that and the feasability and what what we would need to have Hardware wise to make that
happen
all right well it uh appears looks like we’ve uh
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